Tuesday 6 December 2016

Eilis O'Hanlon: Sometimes it's not so hard to be a woman

The sisterhood should stop whining and be grateful for having it so good in today's Ireland, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 28/10/2012 | 05:00

FEMINISTS love statistics. Providing they're the "right" ones, of course.

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Earlier this year, the Irish Times (who else?) even ran an article listing 10 reasons to be a feminist which, in the first paragraph alone, managed to drag out that old chestnut about women doing 66 per cent of the world's work but earning only 10 per cent of the income and owning only 1 per cent of the property.

It then tossed in a figure of 70 per cent for the number of women who are victims of violence, before topping it off with a complaint that a mere 15 per cent of TDs are female, though surely that's women's fault, since we do make up 50 per cent of the electorate and, in my experience, are rarely compelled by force when in the voting booth to tick the box marked Anyone With Testicles.

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